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Centrally Located Late Victorian Villa With Sea And Mountain Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


About the property

House in Fort William, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Excellently Located Just a 2 Minute Walk From The Main Street

Set in its own grounds with sea and mountain views, Whinburn provides an excellent comfortable base for exploring Fort William and surrounding Highlands of Scotland. Built circa 1888, this attractive, granite, late Victorian villa enjoys a prime central location just a 2 minute stroll from Fort William town centre. All heating, electricity, bedding and towels included in the price. The house has free wifi also.

Stephen MacPhee
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2017

About Stephen MacPhee

We are a husband and wife team who love living and working in the West Coast Highlands of Scotland. Most weekends we are lucky enough to get out and about walking and discovering new great routes or hidden beaches etc with our young son and finding things to do and see in the general area. Due to this, we are a very good source of information and our guests benefit from this, 'locals' knowledge too! We always want our guests to get the most out of their stay here and even if you have visited the area many times, we will endeavour to point out something new.

Stephen MacPhee purchased this villa in 1997

Why Stephen MacPhee chose Fort William & Lochaber

When I first realised Whinburn was for sale, it really captured my imagination. I wasn't even looking to buy a house at the time. Someone that I knew happened to casually mention it to me.

When I realised what a great opportunity it was, I had to mobilise quickly to make it happen!

With it's great location, views and character. I thought it was a lovely attractive historic house and if I didn't acquire it at the time, it may be a very long time before it ever came back on the market again. That was over 16 years ago now and we have no intentions of selling!

What makes this villa unique

The house is in a great central position for Fort William. We will certainly be one of the most conveniently positioned houses in relation to the town centre.

A very short walk away from the main street and a host of shops restaurants & bars. Our guests never have to worry about taxis if heading out for a drink.

Set in a lovely elevated site with great views towards the sea and hills beyond.

We personally meet our guests and show them round and to pass on as much tips and information as we can.

To ensure the highest standards, we also personally clean the cottage ourselves and this is not just left to staff to attend to.

One of our biggest testaments is how many regulars that we have each year. It's always lovely to see the same happy faces returning year after year!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you so much for letting us stay here. We all fell in love with this beautiful gorgeous house. We couldn't have asked for anything better or more. Thank you!"

"The house is lovely with all the welcoming touches that make all the difference. Definitely coming back next year!"

"Lovely house. Everything we needed with a very warm welcome. An ideal base to explore the Highlands. Will recommend Whinburn!"
Oct 2013
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Fort William Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Fort William
Nearest Restaurant
120 Metres
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Aonach Mor
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Plenty of advice about scenery, walks and wildlife available.


Whinburn is positioned around 100m from the inland sea, (Loch Linnhe). Good views towards the sea can be had from the house.

There are some lovely, quiet and unspoilt sandy beaches under an hours drive from Fort William.

We have found nearly all of them and can guide to the best and quietest beaches to visit!


Cars are recommended to get the most out of travelling round and seeing the Highlands of Scotland. Several car hire companies operate locally.

Being so central, many of our guests still prefer to travel without a car and we regularly pick up guests from the train station which is just over half a mile from the house.

Inverness airport is about 66 miles away, (about 1.75 hours) Glasgow is about 100 miles away, (about 2 hours 15) and Edinburgh airport closer to 125 miles away, (about 3 hours).


Ben Nevis path, 2 miles. Neptunes staircase, (Caledonian Canal) 3.5 miles.

Train station, (where steam train to Mallaig leaves from) just over half a mile.

Glen Nevis, 1 mile. Glencoe 20 miles, Oban 42 miles. Inverness 62 miles.

Isle of Skye 72 miles by road, (45 miles if ferry option taken). Isle of Mull, (42 miles) giving access to Iona and Staffa.

Further Details:

Fort William High Street has a host of usual amenities such as restaurants, bars and shops and cafes. There are 3 main supermarkets serving town. A high street based Tesco, a larger Morrisons and a idle, all well under 0.75 miles from Whinburn.

There are a host of eating options out and about giving good options for day trips also.


Fort William Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • The 2 en-suites both have showers, toilet and wash hand basin with shaver light.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 1-5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both spacious bedrooms each have a double and single bed within them making the accommodation very flexible for either doubles, twins or families.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Whinburn provides excellent quality comfortable accommodation for any party size between 1 and 5 persons. We also try and give a discount to smaller parties using 1 bedroom and guests staying for more than 1 week. Please email for details. Outside: The garden has several flowerbeds and a grass area at the side of the house. There is a large wooden picnic bench on the grass area. A BBQ may be borrowed if required and if guests have pedal cycles, a secure garden shed can be used to store them. Utility Room: Utility room houses the fridge/freezer, washing machine and kitchen sink area. There is a utility cupboard in the lounge that has a hoover, iron and ironing board plus a hair drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The cottage comes set up with all bedding and towels. For stays longer than 1 week, we normally arrange to provide clean bedding and towels when it suits our guests. Other: Whinburn also enjoys a nice sun porch with good views. It is equipped with cane furniture and a coffee table.


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Centrally Located Late Victorian Villa With Sea And Mountain Views
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at whinburn. Stephen met us when we arrived and showed us around the house and how to work everything. The house is very comfortable and has everything you need. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write this positive review Theresa. It was very nice to meet you and your family also and great to hear you had a nice confortable stay with us here at Whinburn. Looking forward to having you back again in the future. Kind regards, Stephen.
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Whinburn Fort William

  • 4 of 5

The property was spotless and the owners Stephen and Nikki friendly and helpful . The house was perfectly situated , just a minute from the town.We have visited Fort William on lots of occasions and this has been the best self catering house we have stayed in,would definitely recommend

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind and positive review. It was lovely to meet you and to hear that you had a very good week in Fort William and that Whinburn was an excellent base for your travels. Hope to see you again sometime. Thanks again, Stephen & Nikki.
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The best place we've stayed in

  • 5 of 5

We have now stayed at Whinburn for three years for part of our holidays in Scotland, and it is simply the best place we've stayed in. The house is lovely, really well equipped, comfortable and in agreat location, for both Fort William and the Highlands. Stephen and his family are great to deal with, really helpful and welcoming, and it is always a great pleasure to see them. We can really recommend Whinburn, it's great!!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time for for reviewing Whinburn so positively! It's great to hear that we must be doing something right if so many of our guests like yourselves, keep coming back time and again. This is exactly what we like to see of course and it's always nice catching up with our regulars and trying to pass on more tips and pointers about the area that they may not have found on their previous visits. We still find new things ourselves every year when we head out exploring and we are always happy to share what local knowledge we have with our guests, be it their 1st visit or 10th year in a row! Looking forward to seeing you again next year. Take care for now. Stephen & Nikki.
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

It was well located for our needs and we have previously used this property before. The property was well maintained, equipped, very comfortable and very clean. It also had ample parking. The property owners are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend it. It is in walking distance to restaurants, pubs and shops.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to post this kind review. It's great to hear that you had another good week here exploring the Highlands Of Scotland and yet again chose Whinburn for your base. It's always lovely to see returning guests coming back, often year after year and indeed a lot of our weeks are booked out by returning guests similar to yourself which is very positive. All the best for now and look forward to having you back again next year! Stephen.
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Lovely traditional villa

  • 4 of 5

The villa is as described and very convenient for the town centre as well as being a good base for activities/touring. Warm and cosy during an autumn stay, especially with the stove lit in the evenings (starter basket of logs provided).

Very clean with tea,coffee, wine/chocs on arrival. Good communication with helpful owner who lives behind the villa. Nice views.

Would recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your positive review and great to hear that you had a good week in Fort William with Whinburn as your comfortable and cosy central base. We are always keen for our guests to get as much out of their stay as possible and we are more than happy to help with anything to make this possible. Kind regards, Stephen.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £100 per week booked is normally paid at the time of booking.

Although balances become due within a month of arriving, we normally just ask guests to pay the balance when they arrive.

Changeover Day:
We normally change the house over on a Saturday. From time to time, some guests arrive or leave on a different day to suit them.
We can sometimes offer odd staying times for people wanting to stay out of season but for the most part, we operate Sat to Sa

Notes on prices:
Full weeks range from £300 for out of season weeks to £550 for peak season weeks.
We always try and ensure our guests get excellent value when staying at Whinburn.
Discounts for smaller parties, (normally a couple) using just 1 bedroom and for those staying for more than 1 week are given.
Please email for an exact price with your dates and party size.

Prices quoted are a guide for parties of around 4 persons. A small supplement will be made for a 5th person which is our maximum party size.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.